Brussels is most congested city in Europe
The firm's latest traffic study shows that Brussels is still the most congested city in Europe and congestion in the Belgian Capital is getting worse, showing a 1.2% increase in traffic since 2010.
But it's worse news for UK drivers. London – in spite of a 0.2% decrease in traffic – climbs up the rankings to take third place, while Edinburgh and Manchester both feature in the top ten. In fact, a total of 16 UK cities feature in the top 50 – making the UK undoubtedly 2011's most gridlocked European country.
On the plus side, six of the Continent's most congested cities have significantly reduced traffic since 2010. Polish city Wroclaw has seen a 2.6% drop, moving it down to fourth place out of 50. Meanwhile, Toulouse in France has reduced congestion by an impressive 1.9%, making it fifth in the rankings with 33% of roads congested in the city.
The most positive change of all has been made by Ireland. While Belfast still sits at number 12, there has been a reduction of 2% in traffic congestion over the last year. And Dublin has reduced its traffic by a staggering 9.7% since 2010 – although at 24.2%, it's still got some way to go to beat traffic-efficient Cologne, which sits at the bottom of the top 50; only 18.9% of its roads are congested.
Drivers looking for the most stress-free trips would be advised to go to Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Ireland or the Czech Republic, each of which has only one city in the top 50.